Monthly Archives: November 2007

Arabic Calligraphy

Salaams. I like to share arts that I come across and that have this rare uplifting spirit to it. One thing about such work is that no matter how many times you lay your eyes on it, the effect remains the same, it transports you like a gentle breeze carrying the Word.

There is this young calligrapher, Abd el Malik Nounouhi, whose work has this effect on me, the sensitivity and poetic quality of his art is truly majestic. What I enjoy the most is the quietness of its discourse… His work reminds me bit of Hassan Massoudi’s…

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Al Fattah ~ The Opener (the painting)

Wasalamalaikum. I just finished this painting I had started working on during Ramadan. “Al Fattah” (The Opener) is one of the 99 sacred Names of The Beloved. I immensely enjoyed developing this art piece that seemed vertiginously well defined and nocturnal from the start.

I must say that the “opening” theme is dear to my heart because it’s the first condition for love, spiritual intimacy and the gracefulness of existence itself. The most amazing testimony to such “Opening” is the prophets (as) as they were able to convey the divine Message to us only because The Opener, Allah (swt) bestowed this grace upon them. The poem that goes with “Al Fattah: The Opener” can be read here… more about the painting here.

copyright 2007 Aida Toure.

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Imposition of Authentic Value

When a financial system is based upon usury and speculation, it is bound to collapse because it’s out of phase with the Divine Law. All prophets (as) of The Creator prohibited such irreverent practices as they deplete natural resources, exploit humans/workers and thus cause suffering, chaos, poverty and overall abuse of Nature itself.

I think that with all the conflicts that are currently going on around the world plus the difficulties surprisingly experienced by the illegal system itself, it’s more important than ever for individuals to “create” value as in time the monopoly of the planet’s wealth by an elite always ceases and thus transforms with the potential to finally expand the way it was intended to by the Divine law… In order to welcome this transformation it becomes necessary for all excluded populations to “create” value, but real value not unfair, arbitrary, artificial value that elitists imposed to the world for centuries. Real value relates to the higher scheme of things and therefore is timeless in essence as it comes from the Truth; it naturally exposes it instead of concealing it at the expanse of the collectivity. Authentic value is inherent to all, it is accessible to all, it’s free-flowing, uncontrolled and abundant.

For years, sages have said that mankind is being ushered into a new age where serious systemic crisis will force us to be more independent from so-called leaders (and the unlawful system they preserve), to turn inward and thus to live with more humility, compassion and love. For the first time I think that we are beginning to see signs of this confrontation of the ego culture and its colossal failures.

© 2007 Aida Toure.

“Those who live off the interest on loans will never stand up, except in the way those whom Satan knocks down with a fit rise up again. That is because they say: “Trading is just like taking interest.” Yet God has permitted trading and forbidden taking interest… “ ~ 2:275 Qur’an

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